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Richard P Cusson


21 November 1944. Escaped & Returned. A/C #43-38545. This plane landed itself perfectly with no crew and this story made the int'l press saying the 'phantom crew. They all returned to base in another plane they picked up in Brussels that had been damaged.


Units served with

  • 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars

    91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars

    The 91st Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated at Harding Field, Louisiana on 15-April-1942 and went to MacDill Field, Florida for the first phase of training from 16-May-1942 to 25-June-1942. The Group was then assigned to 2nd Air Force at Walla...


  • 43-38545

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 16/8/44; Topeka 25/8/44; Grenier 17/9/44; Assigned 401BS/91BG [LL-J] Bassingbourn 4/11/44; 324BS; battle damaged Merseburg 21/11/44; Hit by flak over Merseburg Nov 21, 1944; two engines failed and a third seemed about to, so pilot...


Date Contributor Update
15 January 2022 18:52:01 Darren Jelley Changes to unit associations

removed association to 493rd BG.

493rd BG Archives

Date Contributor Update
20 July 2021 16:55:12 jmoore43 Changes to aircraft associations

Added an association to the A/C #43-38545 listed in the "Summary biography" .

Date Contributor Update
20 July 2021 16:53:45 jmoore43 Changes to biography

Added a "-" to the A/C tail # in the "Summary biography" to aid clarity & consistency.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:22:44 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR no # 'The Ragged Irregulars of Bassingbourn'